A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That!
Exploring Hybrid Wear in India
A. Das explores hybrid wear in India and gets to know of perfect imperfections that enchant and enrich.
“Dressing is a way of life”- Yves Saint Laurent
To ‘dress up’ has undoubtedly become the motto of the day. The act of following trends and being fashion-oriented does not, as a corollary, just imply that one is trying to be stylish by following some within-the-box principles and theories. Practically every woman today wants to look wow, and how! They want to experience, experiment and evolve. Thus, just being stylish for the sake of trends is no more the call of the day!
THE FASHION DEAL, TODAY, IS NO MORE ABOUT ONE; IT IS NO MORE SINGULAR IN ORIENTATION. QUITE INVERSELY, IT IS PURELY PLURAL—WITH MANY THINGS ORIENTING TOWARDS ONE, SINGULAR APPAREL.
The fashion deal, today, is no more about one; it is no more singular in orientation. Quite inversely, it is purely plural—with many things orienting towards one, singular apparel. The designers are answering to this call of the day for sure and are happy to concoct a dollop of tradition with a streak of modernity. A weave of emotion with a whiff of practicality later, what we see on the ramp is surely fashion, like never before—fashion that is intellectually wiser, and more reasonable.
We can safely call this dichotomy an amalgamation—some sort of fashion mashup, or hybrid. Let’s take a look at some very interesting hybrid fashion garments that have taken our breath away and have left us contemplating ‘What’s next?’
DENIM SARI BY MASABA
A recent and one of the most talked about looks of fusion wear was surely the attire that Sonam Kapoor wore to an industry wedding. Yes, she wore a sari, but it was no ordinary drape. The drape was designed and created by designer Masaba Gupta and just when you are beginning to imagine, let’s tell you that the same was crafted by recycling old Levis jeans. Yes, you read that right! Awash with flared trouser-style bottoms, the sari came with pleats and a front pallav that was paired with a turtle-neck blouse of the same material. Sonam topped the same with a pair of earrings from Suhani Parekh's MISHO, a tan-hued belt and loafers give a quirky edge to her sari and parade the denim style. It is certainly not necessary to wear everything the usual way, sometimes not going by the book makes for such an eclectic and dramatic moment that it goes down in the style bible to carve a niche for itself.
‘SALWAR JUMPSUIT’ BY I AM DESIGN
With a focus on merging art with wearing ability, the I AM DESIGN label strives to create garments with an Indian sensibility and a global appeal by using the Indian traditional crafts of dyeing, weaving and hand printing in an unconventional way. This simple piece by designers Pratik and Priyanka Jain fuses the traditional tone with modernity. A graceful milieu of salwar kameez with jumpsuit, the clean structure and rich Patola print of the attire makes it just the right fusion attire for your next evening do.
‘SKIRT CHURIDAR’ BY GARO
The label is known to design contemporary Indian wear for women. Named after a tribe in Assam, GARO designs clothes that move further than the material itself and talks about identity—distinguished by its bold prints, motifs, unique usage of colours, quality of fabrics, elaborate embroideries and magnificently rich Indian artistic tastes. Label GARO by Priyangshu Maji and Sweta Tantia brings in the right dose of traditional traces in their collections, influenced by the modern Indian woman’s sensibilities and style needs. Some patterns used in their collections remind us of native Tahitian prints, and motifs of flora landscapes fringed perfectly with an underlying bohemian vibe and flavour. The Skirt Churidar is a statement-piece by the label that brings in a mix of asymmetric pleated skirt and churidar pants. Paired with a sleeveless asymmetric top, this look is a complete go to when you are planning to look different and casual even for a formal occasion.
SHORTS WITH DUPATTA BY P.E.L.L.A
P.E.L.L.A by Priyanka Ella Lorena Lama stands for their avant-garde tailoring in prêt-àporter, portrays fashion in an innovative and unconventional way. The label is deeply rooted in the Wabi-sabi philosophy where the designs are simple, unpretentious and fashioned out of natural materials to form organic silhouettes. Deliberate imperfections are incorporated in the designs to give a ‘wrong’ solution to an otherwise correct norm. it is indeed a great idea to reinvent and tweak the ordinary. This smart and statement outfit is indigenously crafted using silk. The fitted shorts are paired with a full-sleeved crop top in beige, paired with a matching wrap that has a fall like a dupatta. What a flowy and superbly fascinating modern twist to make you stand out in the next sangeet you get invited to.
SKIRT SARI BY PAYAL KHANDWALA
Layers and flow form the basis of the designer’s collection. She is known for giving her designs a free flowing, breezy avatar inclusive of a smart twist. Colours, shapes and cuts to make the wrap a beautiful adornment is Payal Khandwala's speciality. This fuchsia sari-style wraparound skirt paired with an olive green top and a pallu-styled coral red scarf from the designer’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection offers the perfect mix and matches and cut outs as a perfect attire to pull out for a wedding, when you are in the mood to groove it with sass and style! Geometry being the theme of this year’s SS collection, the play of asymmetry was too strong even in the other pieces and there was a flavor of fusion in the entire collection for sure; but this piece, along with the designer’s add on accessorising ability nailed it straight on the appeal front!
COLOURS, SHAPES AND CUTS TO MAKE THE WRAP A BEAUTIFUL ADORNMENT IS PAYAL KHANDWALA'S SPECIALTY.